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The aim of this study was to assess the clinical, radiological and biological efficacy and tolerability of the SYSADOA, chondroitin 4- and 6-sulfate (CS, Condrosulf, IBSA, Lugano, Switzerland), in patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis. This was a 1-year, randomized, double-blind, controlled pilot study which included 42 patients of both sexes, aged(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the efficacy of electroacupuncture in patients with fibromyalgia, a syndrome of unknown origin causing diffuse musculoskeletal pain. DESIGN Three weeks' randomised study with blinded patients and evaluating physician. SETTING University divisions of physical medicine and rehabilitation and rheumatology, Geneva. PATIENTS 70(More)
Immobilisation or disuse is a condition known to be associated with a decrease in bone mass, osteopenia and in some people leading to osteoporosis with an increased risk of fractures. In this condition, previous histomorphometric and biochemical reports have shown an uncoupling between bone formation and resorption, but the exact sequence of the events(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the influence of functional electrical stimulation (FES) on subluxation and shoulder pain in hemiplegic patients. DESIGN Controlled study of 24 months' duration beginning in the first month after onset of stroke. SUBJECTS AND SETTING One hundred twenty hemiplegic patients with both subluxed and painful shoulder were followed for(More)
To assess changes of sex hormones, cortisol, prolactin (PRL) and beta-endorphins in an exhaustive aerobic performance, blood samples were taken in 11 endurance trained runners (R) along an ultra-marathon race of 110 km (T1 before the start, T2 at km 33, T3 at km 75 and T4 immediately after completing the race). Results were compared to a control group (C)(More)
Shoulder pain is probably the most frequent complication of hemiplegia. In this study 219 hemiplegia patients were regularly followed up after their cerebrovascular accident (CVA) for one year (166 men, 53 women, with a mean age of 47 years). Criteria and parameters for evaluation of these shoulders were established at the outset. Distinction was made(More)
OBJECTIVES Post-stroke shoulder pain is probably the most frequent complication in hemiplegia and has repercussions on motor rehabilitation and the psychological equilibrium of the patient. The strategies for prevention and treatment are presented. AETIOLOGY Among the various factors contributing to the occurrence of shoulder pain in hemiplegia, some are(More)
Osteoporosis developing during the first weeks after the onset of traumatic paraplegia was studied with cortical and cancellous samples of iliac crest and tibia of 14 patients, and compared to normals. We used a procedure of bone particle fractionation (according to degree of mineralization) that allowed us to establish a profile reflecting the metabolic(More)
Traction therapy for low back pain with sciatica has been evaluated in a double blind study. 60 patients hospitalized for sciatica with or without signs of sensory or motor deficiency were randomized to 3 treatment groups: "placebo traction" (5 kg), "light traction" (15 kg) and "normal traction" (50 kg). Clinical evaluation after 4, 8 and 12 traction(More)
Intra-medullary pressure and intra-osseous phlebography have been studied in the femurs of ten paraplegics. These methods are reliable for studying bone circulation. Results show that there exists an increase of intra-medullary pressure of more than twice the normal value and signs of delayed blood flow as well as a diaphyseal reflux in the bone. The blood(More)